For those of you who didn’t know just yet, last August ABC greenlit a pilot episode for a new show based on the Agents of S.H.I.E.I.L.D. from the hit film Marvel’s THE AVENGERS (now ranked 3rd highest film of all time). Since then, details have been hush hush except for the fact that the series would be produced and co-written by Joss Whedon (FIREFLY) and that Clark Gregg (IRON MAN) would be reprising his role as the lovable Agent Phil Coulson.

Well it looks like things are moving along smoothly because the show is officially titled “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and even has a lengthy plot synopsis to clear up just what it’s all about.

Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Sounds interesting enough to me. While I am a fan of the superhero genre because of…well, superheros, it will be interesting to see a series based in Marvel’s universe without focusing on the heroes themselves. I get the feeling this show is trying to redefine just what a hero is while at the same time giving audiences bite sized tastes of the Marvel Universe in-between big blockbuster releases such as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and THOR: THE DARK WORLD. In any case, I believe this is a pretty interesting project and I hope it gets picked up for a full season run from ABC or any other network for that matter.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is due out sometime in the second half of 2013.

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